Peaster ISD board of trustees selected Lance Johnson as the lone finalist for superintendent Thursday evening and approved proceeding with contract negotiations in a unanimous vote.
Johnson is currently the superintendent at Randolph Field ISD, which is near San Antonio. Johnson has had that position for eight years and has also been superintendent of two other districts, Peaster ISD Interim Superintendent Rod Townsend said.
Johnson is married and has a daughter, Townsend said.Johnson worked his way through Stephen F. Austin University as a first generation college student. He has worked as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal and superintendent and has served in large and small school districts. Johnson has also been on legislative committees and in leadership roles such as on the Texas Rural Education Association and Texas Association of Community Schools.
The need for a new superintendent came about in July when former superintendent Matt Adams resigned to take a position as finance director at Azle ISD. Adams had been PISD superintendent for 10 years.
Later in July, Townsend was hired as interim superintendent while the board searched for a permanent one. Leading up to the decision to name a lone finalist, staff and the community had been surveyed on qualities they wanted to see in a superintendent, and the board completed interviews and narrowed down their list of candidates.
“I believe the board picked the best candidate,” Board President Mike Bowling said. “I think the community and Peaster ISD will be proud to have Lance as our new superintendent.”
Bowling said Johnson’s morals and values will fit well into PISD as well as his experience.
Townsend said the PISD board made a great choice.
“I think the talent pool was extremely deep,” Townsend said. “It was a difficult decision for the board because they had multiple quality candidates.”
Johnson was selected from a group of about 40 applicants. Townsend said PISD is fortunate to have so many quality applicants.
“It’s because of the school district that people were interested, good place,” Townsend said.